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The Writer's Almanac

The Writer's Almanac®

with Garrison Keillor

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Garrison Keillor recounts the historical highlights of each day and reads a short poem or two.

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Sunday's Poem: “116” by William Shakespeare. Sunday's Literary Notes: National Public Radio was officially incorporated on this day in 1970, when it replaced the National Educational Radio Network. In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the “Public Broadcasting Act,” which sought to expand noncommercial broadcasting for educational purposes. Originally, the act was called the “Public Television Act,” which distressed supporters of public radio, who thought they were being left out. After much discussion, revisions, and a passel of Scotch Tape, the name was changed to “Public Broadcasting Act,” and Johnson signed the bill, thus paving the way for television shows like Sesame Street and radio shows like All Things Considered, which debuted on NPR in 1971 with a conversation between poet Allen Ginsberg and his father about the legality of drugs. Read more...

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